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There are no ‘internal’ waterways in the Cook Islands however as a nation that is formed by an ‘Island Group’ interisland water transport along with air travel are the only forms of transportation for people and the main form of transport for goods within in the country.

Ferries and landing craft are used extensively for transportation of people and cargo. Many of the outer Islands do not have docking facilities for large ships and therefore transhipment using small boats and barges from ships anchored off, to beach or wharf is the norm. Landing craft are the preferred option for heavy cargo / vehicle transportation.

Private shipping companies operate non-scheduled inter-island cargo and passenger services, based on demand. Generally they visit the Northern Islands on a 2 monthly basis and the closer Southern Group weekly.

For more information on government contact details, please see the following link: 4.1 Government Contact List

Company Information

There are 2 companies operating freight shipping services from the Port in Rarotonga, one of which, Taio Shipping Company, has duel purpose vessels fitted for passenger service as well. Due to the large distances and smaller cargo volumes to the outer islands services are cargo dependent on sailing frequency. The other, Cook Islands General Transport’s sea freight division, UMA shipping, operates a barge (landing craft) fitted with 5MT crane. They also have a 12m landing craft that is used to access shallow (5m draft) outer island harbours.  A 40 MT mobile crane is used to launch the smaller landing craft from the barge and then load heavy cargo from barge to landing craft for transport to shore.

For more information on waterway company contact details, please see the following link: 4.4 Port and Waterways Companies Contact List

Passenger Carrying Capacity

 

Taio Shipping Company

Cook Islands General Transport

(UMA Shipping)

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 20 Passengers

N/a

N/a

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 50 Passengers

1 x 30 pax

(M.V Lady Moana)

N/a

Number of

Passenger Vessels

< 100 Passengers

1 x 50 pax

M.V Maungaroa

N/a

Number of

Passenger Vessels

> 100 Passengers

N/a

N/a

Cargo Carrying Capacity

 

Taio Shipping Company

Cook Islands General Transport

                                        Boats

Number of Boats

2

N/a

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

M.V Lady Moana  180MT

M.V Maungaroa   180MT

N/a

                                              Barges / Landing Craft

Number of Barges/Landing Craft

N/a

2 x Landing Craft

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

N/a

1 x 400MT 468m(12 x 20” containers)

1 x 12MT 39m3  (1 x 20’ container)

                                Tugs

Number of Tugs

N/a

N/a

Tonnage / Volume

Carrying Capacity (MT / m3)

N/a

N/a

M.V Lady Moana

 

M.V Maungaroa

 

Cook Islands General Transport Barge (Landing Craft)

Travel Time Matrix

Travel Time from Main port to other Ports/Islands on Domestic Cargo Vessel, Fishing Vessels.  Average of 7 knots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To

FROM PORT AVATIU, RAROTONGA

Distance:  Note: All measurements are taken in nautical miles (nm) to the nearest point of land.

 

 

Sailing time: Note:  Sailing time is worked on distance/average speed and pending on the weather.

E.g. Aitutaki - 140nm/7knots = 20hours of sailing time to Aitutaki.

Aitutaki

140nm

20 hours.

Atiu

116nm

19.3 hours

Manuae

124nm

17.7 hours

 

Mauke

150nm

21.4 hours

Mangaiia

110nm

15.7 hours

Mitiaro

142nm

20.2 hours

 

Takutea

116nm

19.3 hours

Manihiki

650nm

92.85 hours/3.8 days

Nassau

673nm

96.14 hours/4.0 days

Palmerston

270nm

38.5 hours/1.6 days

Penrhyn

737nm

105.3 hours/4.4 days

Pukapuka

715nm

102.14 hours/4.2 days

Rakahanga

674nm

96.28 hours/4.0 days

Suwarrow

513nm

73.28 hours/3.05 days

 

As there are no ‘internal’ waterways in the Cook Islands, the remainder of this section is not applicable.

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